Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Stampin' Up! From Land to Sea Ocean Cards

Well, Peaches, these are the final weeks of May. Can you believe it?!?! I was just planning my week, as it's my daughter's last week of kindergarten, and that's when I realized that May is practically over!   My family is really looking forward to the summer, but not the heat! Northern California can get into the triple digits for weeks on end at times and it's hard to plan to do anything that involves leaving the  house.

There is one place that we love to go for a relief from the heat. Monterey is one of my favorite places to visit. The variety of marine life and the amazing aquarium that houses some of these species is an absolute must-see! One of my favorite exhibits to see when we visit is the jellyfish. Their vibrant  colors, against the deep blues of the water. It's almost as if they were glowing. It's pretty magical.

As I'm sure you can guess, the sea life is the inspiration for today's post. I wanted to highlight another retiring stamp set, one that I will surely miss as I love anything ocean. This set, From Land to Sea, is packed full of beautiful ocean-themed images. I love all the fun ways to color them. For my project today, I chose to do a little ink blending on the main card panel with a mix of Bermuda Bay, Tempting Turquoise, Dapper Denim, and the brand new Lemon Lime Twist for a pop of color. I did the same process for my second card. Then I wanted to add some bubbles, but I didn't want them to be to stark against the ink blended backgrounds, so I tried something that I've never tried again. I took the bubble-looking stamp from the Playful Backgrounds stamp set, and used my Wink of Stella pen to add glitter liquid to the stamp. Then I stamped it. I've never seen it done before either so I wasn't sure of what the result would be so I took a bit of a chance that I might ruin my background. Luckily, it seemed to turn out really cool looking. It created a lovely, faint sparkle that shimmers in the light just enough, but not in an overpowering way.

To color my sea turtle and jellyfish, first I white heat embossed the image, and then I used my aqua painter and some inks to add areas of varying color. I cut them out and set them aside. I watercolored a piece of thick Whisper White cardstock with a few different greens, purples, and pinks, and used a leafy die from the Botanical Blooms thinlits dies to cut out "seaweed". I added both those and my turtle and jellyfish to the front of my cards, but not without using some of that stunning copper trim. I've been dying to use it as a "fish net" ever since I saw what it could do and I was finally able to create the look on my projects. I've included a few pictures from our last trip to the aquarium (my inspiration) below. 😊 Well, those are my cards for today! I hope you like my fun ocean themed cards! I'm so glad you stopped by and until next time, have a great day, Peaches!

Guess what Peaches! You can now order either of the Eastern Palace bundles only available May 1st-May 31st.  Use the host code: 273PBQ3E.
Premier Eastern Palace Bundle:

Click here To order the Premier Eastern Palace Bundle $103.50

        *Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set
        *Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
*Eastern Palace Cardstock Pack
*Mini Tassels Assortment
*Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
                 *Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad (New In Color!)
*Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad (New In Color!)
*Fresh Fig Classic Stampin' Pad (New In Color!)
*Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies
*Very Vanilla Medium EnvelopesFREE!
*Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (New!)

                                    Eastern Palace Starter Bundle:
                     Click here to order the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle $60.50
             *Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set

             *Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
             *Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
             *Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad (New In Color!)
             *Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad (New In Color!)
             *Fresh Fig Classic Stampin' Pad (New In Color!)
             *Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes (New!)FREE!

If you love these products, Make sure you get them before they're gone! With the new catalog coming in June, some these amazing products (along with a whole lot more) are retiring which means you will no longer be able to buy them for Stampin' Up! Many are up to 50% off! To see what's retiring, check out this webpage:

This month if you spend $50 or more before shipping in my online store, you will receive a FREE card kit that coordinates with this "Cool Treats" suite!!! But you MUST use the hostess code listed below to receive your free kit. 

To order online: Stampin' Up! Webpage
May 2017 Hostess Code:

 If you’ve considered joining, it's a truly great time! For just $99, you can select $125 of your choice of product AND you'll be able to pre-order in May from the brand new catalog as well as earn a 20% discount on your purchases from the Annual Catalog.  This is an amazing deal! If you want to join my team, please email me!

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